Frances A. Bodin

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2006

Juneau resident Frances A. Bodin, 82, died Feb. 10 at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, after a short illness.

She was born July 16, 1923, in Tacoma, Wash., where she was raised. She married Jim Bodin on July 19, 1942. After World War II, they settled and raised four children in Portland, Ore. After short stays in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, Wash., she moved in 1973 to Ketchikan with her daughter, Crystal Slaughter, and sister, Loris Sturdevant Peavey. She worked at Ward Cove Cannery, the old state jail and Ketchikan General Hospital. She retired in 1988. She then moved to Juneau to care for her grandson until he graduated from high school. She returned to Ketchikan.

Friends and family say she was "the perfect stay-at-home mom. Her family always came first." She was a PTA president, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, bake-sale chairman and room mother, providing unlimited cookies, cupcakes and brownies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Lela (Millisack) Hubbard; her stepmother, Lydia Ryder; her stepbrother, John, and his wife, Edna Ryder; her sister, Opal Griffen; her brother, C.L. "Bud" Hubbard, and his wife, Doxie; Chauncy and Mary Pomeroy; and Loris Sturdevant Peavey.

She is survived by her children: Stephanie and her husband, Charles Sherva; Fred and his wife, Barbara Bodin; Jim and his wife, Kimberley Bodin Robin Bodin Beauchamp; Crystal and her husband, Jed Slaughter; her brother, Wesley, and his wife, Alta Pomeroy; her niece, Judy Sturdevant, and her husband, Garvin Grider; her grandchildren, Julie Sherva, and her husband, Terry Smith; Rebbeca Harsh, Steve Sherva, Donna Bodin Garrett, Kristin Bodin Merritt, Adrianne Bodin, Tafari and his wife, Eulah Shambe', Hassan and his wife Priscill Shambe', Justin Slaughter and Sherlyn Bodin; her great-grandchildren, Lisabeth, Torilynn and Rebekah Crowe, Ayanna, Aaliyah, Tafari Jr. and Hassan Jr. Shambe' and Crystal and Laura Smith.

There will be no funeral. She will be cremated, and her ashes will be spread at Seal Rock on Hood Canal in Washington.

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